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‘Walking Man’ Doing Better, Now In Fair Condition

The condition of local legend Joseph "Walking Man" Kromelis has been steadily improving after someone lit him on fire in May.

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Downtown Block Sees 2nd Mass Shooting Since May, With 2 Killed, 3 Wounded Friday

Four people were shot and wounded in the same area in May. “Two times in the last two months is really alarming, and I hope it doesn’t become the new normal,” a resident said.

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July 4 ‘Families For Abortion Access’ March Aims To Elevate Voices Of Those Who Will Be Hurt Most By Roe Ruling

The owner of Kido Chicago organized the family-friendly Bronzeville march to welcome people of color and those who already have kids — groups that will be disproportionally harmed by abortion bans.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Pink Taco Closing This Weekend After 4 Years In River North

The restaurant in the old Bull & Bear space is calling it quits after four years on Wells Street. Its last day is Sunday.

Near North Side, River North

Chicago’s Protected Bike Lanes Will Get Concrete Barriers By End Of 2023, City Says

It's a significant victory for bicycle advocates, who have long said Chicago's bike lanes need better protections to prevent injuries and deaths.


Google Could Buy Thompson Center, Report Says

It's the latest twist for the famed building, which opened in 1985 and has been used for governmental offices — but which has faced costly infrastructure issues.


Downtown Residents Say ‘Stinkin’ Loud’ Lollapalooza Turns Their Alleys Into Public Toilets

Ald. Sophia King (4th) told neighbors Lolla is always going to be loud, but she's working with organizers on some sort of sound limit for the stages. Residents want more port-a-potties on site, too.


Sundays On State Street Return In July With 250 Artists, Businesses, Workshops And More

The series of street festivals is returning with dance and fitness classes, musical and dance performances and more.


Chicagoans March By The Thousands After Supreme Court Strikes Down Roe V. Wade: ‘These Are Our Bodies’

The ruling, which was leaked in spring, ends Constitutional protections for abortion. "We are in a position now to have less rights than our moms in a country that supposedly stands for freedom," one protester said.


Celebrate Greek Culture At Gold Coast Greek Fest This Weekend

The festival at Annunciation Cathedral will feature Greek food, games for young children and free nightly entertainment.


Ken Griffin, Illinois’ Richest Man, Moving Citadel Headquarters To Miami

Around 300 Citadel employees are expected to move to the Miami headquarters within a year. The company will still maintain its Downtown Chicago office.


Man Shot In River North Robbery Attempt, Police Say

A 26-year-old man was shot in the wrist a man approached and demanded his belongings, leading to a "physical struggle," police said.

Near North Side, River North

‘Walking Man’s’ Condition Improves Nearly 1 Month After Attacker Set Him On Fire

Joseph Kromelis, 75, has been upgraded from critical to serious condition at Stroger Hospital as he continues to recover from burns authorities thought would kill him.


2,200 Apartments, Hotel Proposed For River West Salvation Army Site Near Bally’s Casino

Fulton Market-based Shapack Partners has hatched a plan to redevelop the site after buying the Salvation Army campus for $25 million.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

The Loop’s Central Business District Extends Seasonal Patio Hours To Midnight

The ordinance allows patios in The Loop's central business district to serve alcohol until midnight through Dec. 1


Shedd Aquarium’s Australian Lungfish Granddad Named World’s Oldest Aquarium Fish

Granddad the lungfish was 109 years old at the time of his death, researchers recently shared. They hope their research can help protect the species in the wild.


City Council Might Roll Back Speed Camera Fines For Drivers — As Transportation Groups Plea For Folks To Slow Down

Speed camera fines disproportionally impact Black and Brown motorists, supporters of the ordinance said. Others say rolling back fines after 3 kids were killed by cars is a bad idea.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Shedd Aquarium Improvements, Controversial West Ridge Library Sale Get Key City Approval

The controversial sale of the former West Ridge library building, offered for a fraction of the final price before Block Club and neighbors questioned the public process, also is moving forward.


City Receives Bally’s $40 Million Upfront Payment For Chicago’s 1st Casino

The money, which was a major factor in making Bally's the frontrunner among three finalists, will support the city's pension costs.


Architectural Artifacts Is Coming Back With Huge New Location Inside Former River North School

After 31 years in Ravenswood, founder Stuart Grannen is opening a River North location to show and sell his eye-popping collection of one-of-a-kind salvaged architectural pieces, relics, art, furniture and more.

Near North Side, River North
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